MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas -

A Montgomery County man was ticketed for lighting his car up in the holiday spirit.

Ron Keathley said he has placed Christmas lights on his car for the last eight years. Instead of spreading holiday cheer, he must pay a hefty fine.

"It's pretty disappointing. I've always had a good time with this. I've done it every year for many years and it really makes a lot of people smile," he said. "That's the reason why I enjoy it so much to see so many people with a smile on their face.

On Monday, Keathley said a deputy saw his decorated SUV, pulled him over and gave him a ticket for unauthorized lighting on the exterior of a vehicle.

According to the Texas Transportation codes, the flashing lights could pose a risk for other drivers.

Keathley plans on removing the lights.